Posted January 27, 2016 by Cooper Point Journal in Arts & Entertainment

Anne McGowan

Artist Statement

How can an image suggest and subvert order? How can abstraction spur an experience of free association? What are the physical and psychological effects of curated space and knowledge? Does a body have a psychological depository that safeguards imagination? How do we recuperate this depository?

These screen prints started as an experiment based on architectural fragments: two walls and a pillar. The urge to recreate a room developed into an attempt to create an imaginary transportation system. Screen printing with stencils lent itself to the repetition of fragments, which encouraged subtle variation of ideas until the initial image became obscured. Subtle transitions in color and composition test free association. What signifies a room and what signifies movement? How much can an image change before it becomes something else? With these prints, I wanted to create a visual structure that holds a viewer’s imagination with the suggested system.

Minimal compositions gave me space to experiment with color. Putting different colors of ink on the screen in disorderly manner determined the result of printing because I could not maintain consistency in color. I found it exciting to watch gradients transform, so I controlled the simplicity of shapes in order to experiment with color. Variation within blue and pink palates, combined with consistent shapes made a game out of assigning meaning. It’s like being outside or in a building-there are so many ways to get around! While making these prints I was thinking about various ways movement and transportation are restricted, and the emotional states that result from such limitations.

Each print with a pillar and a wall belongs to a set of prints with a similar color palate. The circular prints, when viewed in relation to the others, could be the ticket to navigating the proposed rooms. This could be a whimsical savior to bodily limitations but also an exercise in experimenting with surroundings.

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